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Goddess of the Storm
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Kyne is the Nordic goddess of the Storm. Known as Kaan in the Dragon Language, she is most commonly referred to as Kynareth since the end of the Merethic Era. Kyne is deemed the widow of Shor (Lorkhan) by the Ancient Nordic Pantheon and is held in the highest esteem by Atmoran and Nord hunters.
She is considered the Mother of Men, as her breath upon the peak of the Throat of the World is said to have formed the races of Men in the Dawn Era, and her daughters are believed to have bestowed upon them the gift of the Thu'um, or Storm Voice, giving Men the ability to stand against the Dragons in ancient times. Kyne called upon Paarthurnax to instruct mortal kind into how to use the Thu'um, thus turning him against his master, Alduin, the World-Eater.
Though uniformly known as Kynareth of the Nine Divines, by the Fourth Era the Dragonborn learns that the goddess still is revered under her ancient name of Kyne among traditional Nordic hunters, such as Froki Whetted-Blade. When questioned about his insistence on referring to his goddess as Kyne, the elderly woodsman states:
"Those sycophants in the Temple would call her Kynareth. Just a pale shadow of the truth, like all the Temple Divines. Kyne! Blessed Warrior-Wife. Shor's widow, sacred to any true Nord hunter. She's the mother of men and beasts, and her veil is the storm."
This dialogue will prompt Froki to offer the Kyne's Sacred Trials quest, an ancient Nord hunting ritual:
"It's an old Nord Tradition, a test to prove your worth in the eyes of Kyne. Show that you're a hunter and no simple butcher. Kyne teaches us to respect the beasts and blesses the hunter who will face their champions. True Nord hunters are those who survive the Trials."
Completing the Trials will result in Froki bestowing Kyne's Token unto the Dragonborn.
At the conclusion of The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller quest, the Greybeards formally recognize the Dovahkiin as one of the Dragonblood. In the greeting ceremony, the Greybeards utter the following words in the Dragon Language:
"Long has the Storm Crown languished with no worthy brow to sit upon. By our breath we bestow it now to you in the name of Kyne, in the name of Shor, and in the name of Atmora of old. You are Ysmir now, Dragon of the North. Hearken to it."
Kyne's Peace is one of the Dragon Shouts the Dragonborn may learn while journeying Skyrim, and is notable for directly invoking the name of the goddess. The Dovahkiin articulates the full shout as "KAAN DREM OV" (which translates to "Kyne Peace Trust"). The effects of this shout will cause nearby wildlife to neither attack nor flee from the Dragonborn.
- Kyne is Old English (Anglo-Saxon) for "kin".